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Commerce Teacher Charged with Assault on Adminsitrator

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A teacher at Commerce High School is being summonsed to court after being allegedly involved in an altercation with a vice principal.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that 44-year-old Willie Vega, a teacher at Commerce, will appear in court next week to face charges of assault and battery of a public employee, assault and battery, and kidnapping.

Delaney says that on Tuesday, December 13, a 48-year-old vice principal at the school was going over Vega’s evaluation when Vega “became enraged.”  Vega then allegedly grabbed the evaluation from the vice principal and stabbed through it with a pen and crumpled it up into a ball.

Vega then allegedly punched the vice principal in the face, causing her to fall from her chair, adds Delaney.

Delaney says that the vice principal then tried to get away but Vega blocked the door and would not let her leave her office.  At that point, the vice principal grabbed her portable radio and called for help.

A Springfield Police Student Support officer assigned to the school quickly responded, but not before Vega fled the area.

The officer found Vega still inside the school and allowed him to collect his belongings before being escorted from the building.

Vega will appear in Springfield District Court Tuesday.

As to why Vega was not arrested, Delaney says that because the assault and battery was not committed in the police officer’s prescence, by statute, he could not arrest Vega.  In addition, Delaney says that the kidnapping charge was added after investigators later talked to the vice principal.  If the officer known this information, Vega “would have been arrested on the spot.”

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